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journal" poll. the only thing that is worse is john boehner. 18% favorable. this is not a formidable partner. >> over the weekend, "politico" spoke to many advisers and said house republicans and party leaders appear willing to shut down government. we might need to do that four- member management purposes so that they can have an end game and show their constituents they are fighting. get it out of the system? this is not a gastrointestinal problem, this is the government. >> i would suggest therapy and do not shed down the government. i would give it to them for free. the republicans have had a pretty unhappy experience with brinksmanship. years theye gingrich shut down the government and they got shellacked. they tried to force the issue using the debt ceiling in 2011, using the fiscal cliff in january. i am as gung-ho as any of them to force obama into cutting spending. but it failed, and the reason is, you cannot govern from one house of the congress. that is the truth. i wrote a column this morning saying essentially, you have to recognize, you cannot use these things come up a
to happen. then, mitch mcconnell and john boehner came and said stop. i think people just thought that will happen because we elected him. we learned that. the president learned it. i think msnbc learned it and congress and the public most importantly learned it. that this just doesn't happen because of an election. it happens because of an election and then it means going online, it means doing rallies, it means educating your neighbors at church and the workplace and in school. >> now, you're using the word takers in this speech, i mean going right after the right and a reminder of people what the election was about. i looked right across at paul ryan when he said it. i mean, given the republicans parties and their positions right now, can he get this agenda done? >> i think republicans sometimes look to the next election, too. and when they think about how the demographics are changing, how the philosophy of young people is changing, i the they understand that when you're talking about this 47%, the takers, it's veterans and people who paid the medicare and realize it's workers
-of-living adjustments. john boehner and republicans decided they want to have an argument over the debt ceiling, because of the new year we will be better positioned. they quickly have realized that is not going to be the lever they thought it would be. host: you have covered three presidents, clinton, bush, and now president obama. people say the political divide between these branches is stronger now than it has been in years. you agree or disagree? guest: i absolutely agree. host: why/ guest: i think it is a building that has been taking place frankly since the past couple administrations. it was the war in iraq. for the republicans, the government spending. it is also the election system and the way we run our primaries. we have a more ideological- purified house of representatives than we have had in a very long time. that is because some people would argue redistricting, as well, which in the past election both parties to it. in the states where democrats are not in control they redraw the districts to make the majority democrats. the republican side as well. this is the first time republicans hav
at that throughout the last four years of president obama's term. remember now john boehner and president obama had a deal the first time, the first time with a the debt ceiling 600 billion dollar number they came to and agreed to john boehner went over to the white house and ready to sign the deal and president obama said, no, make it 800, and moved the goal post and the mouse democrats say we'll punt this, kick the can down the road until april, the debt ceiling, let you raise the debt ceiling and violate the things we promised we wouldn't do to the people that elected us. in return, you guys, senate democrats come up with a budget and you haven't passed one in 1300 some days. chuck schumer says i'll make a deal and take you up on the offer guess what, in the new budget we're going to tax more, tax all you people to agreed to the deal that they just came to january 1st, that deal is done we'll keep that and give another, another bite of at that apple. stuart: this is a financial issue. it's a budget issue, so they need a straight up or down vote in the senate and the democrats have a majority in
vote and look at the sandy vote. a microcosm. what you're finding there is john boehner willing to break what is called the hastert rule, which is that to pass measures with majority democrats when they really need to be passed. i have no illusions every bill is going to go down that way. and then with the debt ceiling, same thing. i do think there's some evidence that republicans are saying, you know, in part for public image reasons but maybe in part because of good economic reasons, we can't keep whacking away at the economy like this to please our base we ha. >> it's not about the two parties necessarily shifting their philosophical positions or moving together but more of a practical decision by the house leadership to recognize the limits on what they can accomplish with the majority in the house and the limits in terms of the public support for their position. you know, one of the things, chuck, the president used the campaign to do was to try to lay out in front of the public the competing visions for approaches to economic growth and deficit reduction. he feels like he'
with house speaker john boehner. that is going to be one of the factors as we're looking at his second term he has this ambitious agenda at the same time has to deal with the economy and budget concerns that we talked about. >> nancy is our capitol hill correspondent she's been at the capital for us reporting all day. the next order of business, at least in terms of the house of representatives will be increasing the national debt limit. in other words, allowing the government to borrow more money so that it can pay the bills that it's already in cured. how do you see that rolling out over the next days and weeks. >> house republicans changed course pretty dramatically last week they were at their republican retreat, this is a tradition all members of the house republican conference went away from meetings for three days in williamsburg, virginia. at the end of that three-day meeting they came out said, we said we were going to fight raising the debt ceiling until we got dollar for dollar spending cuts now we're going to hold a vote that is going to be held wednesday to raise the debt cei
on inside that inaugural luncheon where the president is sitting down with harry reid and john boehner and talking with evan bahy over the weekend, i'm sure they took the sharp objects off the table and have a food taster. and one said, don't worry, my vice chair lamar alexander will be sitting between them to make sure things are civil. all joking aside, they thought this is going to be a good luncheon and everybody will be professional and the big battles of course, will come tomorrow. and don't forget that hillary clinton is also, secretary of state going to be testifying on benghazi on wednesday. that will be another big event that happens here on capitol hill. now, to the parade, we can pan off just a little bit and you can see that some folks have gathered here at the beginning of the parade, quite a bit different than it was at least at this point from 2009, where people were 20, 30 deep along the parade route. we'll probably see that, and looks like people, five, six people deep headed down constitution avenue. we make the turn on to pennsylvania avenue and then a slow crawl up
, and john boehner will be headed over there. first, president obama began with the slogan hope and change. then he got a jolt of washington reality. we'll take a look back at the some times rocky road of the first term. >> we've seen that crowd building, craig. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. the crowd, indeed, has been growing throughout the morning. say hello. say hello. before you get from the u.s. capital behind me, the less it is like an inauguration, the more it is like a block party/picnic. folks from texas, buffalo, new york, who have said several times this is far from cold. i do want to -- where are you from? >> from new jersey. >> reporter: from new jersey. first inauguration? >> yes, it is. >> reporter: what brings you out? >> obama all the way. >> reporter: how about you? where are you from? >> trenton, new jersey. >> reporter: oh, this is all jersey here? i should have known by the rowdiness. and where are you guys from? >> atlanta, georgia. >> reporter: from atlanta. sorry about the falcons but welcome to d.c. >> it's all good. thank you. >> reporter: first
to john boehner too many times his speakership could be in trouble. so my guess is it will come from the senate, but you've got zoe meeting quietly with a republican from florida talking about details they can bring back to their colleagues. i think actually this is one of these issues where people in both houses are going to want to take credit for being outfront on this issue. i think you're going to see a spate of bills coming forward. >> scott, this is a hot issue. lots of legislators as you mentioned are jumping on the bandwag bandwagon. the lawmakers you talked to in washington, how hopeful are they there will be a bipartisan deal reached this time around? immigration has been attempted before and it's failed. >> i think there is a lot of hope. as i said, the stars kind of are aligning on this, not only do you have republicans willing to come to the table and talk seriously about a major reform of immigration law, you've also got traditionally republican-leaning groups like agriculture. i talked to somebody from the western growers association this week who's really pressuring
a picture of obama standing firm against john boehner and the negotiations. as the apparent requirement for resolution of major legislation approaches, and as it appears that even more rigid positions are being forecast for the next congress, it will take an unusually skillful second term president to deliver solutions to the financial problems facing the nation. if the task rests on the shoulders of barack obama, wilson would not compromise or will he be like eisenhower, reagan, clinton, and even washington to figure how to win against the odds. of course, to achieve the accommodation with congress, he would need a lyndon johnson, tip o'neill, a newt gingrich to leave the congress majority that would follow. so what specifically would i recommend obama do to attempt to avoid the challenges of the second term? primarily he should point in -- appointing a committee or with the skills of erskine bowles to work with congress on his legislative proposals. he should recommend a creative revision of the tax laws, the serious debt and debt reduction program. he should have congress enacted bud
. >> john: a few moments ago, speaker of the house john boehner entered, the most tan man in washington, d.c. in january. john mccain. >> jennifer: john mccain talking with dianne feinstein, i'm sure about gun control. cutting a deal right there. >> john: it is rather unseasonably warm today. i'm thankful for that for the folks who are there. >> jennifer: tammy baldwin. >> john: yesterday i was shocked at how warm it was. a lot of folks were expressing confusion as to why the president was sworn in yesterday. the constitution requires, of course, the president be sworn in on january 20th. since federal buildings and courthouses are closed on sunday, the ceremony is still scheduled for today on the 21st which happens to be dr. king's holiday. the president's second term officially began at 12:00 noon eastern time yesterday. >> led by kevin mccarthy. >> jennifer: john dingell. god bless him. longest serving member of congress. over 50 years. his father served in congress, too. he has it in his blood. >> john: this is like the oscars for political. >> macy's day parade coverage. instead of bl
alexander, the wife of senator lamar alexander. and by debby boehner, wife of house speaker john boehner. sorry to interrupt you there. >> more recently, you may disagree with the content and the tone but no one will dispute the fact that george w. bush was aiming for the bleachers with his second inaugural with what he called his freedom speech which is -- in terms of projecting american force, moral and military around the world in the wake of 9/11 and the doctrine of preemptive military action. >> you knows the reference to lincoln, we talk about being in a divided america now. in many ways we are politically. but you think about lincoln and that inauguration, both of his, it was a different level. >> different level all together. he is involved in the conflict where half a million people would be killed, the end of channeled slavery. a lot is at stake. we're fighting now but not anywhere like that, thank god. >> we're about to see the introduction of the first lady of the united states, michelle obama. as you watched her grow in this role the last four years, what do you think? >> we
of sequencing, the critical question is the house, and john boehner twice in the last few weeks has had to bring a bill to the floor that a majority of house republicans oppose. that doesn't happen very often. likely on immigration, you can get 60 votes for comprehensive reform, probably puts bainer in t the same position. there are only so many times you can do that and remain speaker. the important sequencing has begun with the sandy and fiscal cliff votes. >> we'll stick with the metaphor. warming in cooperation or chilly confrontation? >> the incentives nationally for republicans are to do something about immigration. but if you are -- your average house member up there, you just won your district. probably did not support barack obama, and frankly your incentives are not aligned with the national party. you don't care about whether chrissis chriss christie or marco rubio gets support. pundits and grassroots and a lot of members will decide the issue in the house of representatives. >> big challenges for the president and internally. ahead on "starting point," we've heard about the second te
% approval rating. john boehner has an 18% approval rating. the tea party, a 9% approval rating. i wonder what lens they are looking through. >> well i think that's the problem. i think that's the problem with ted cruz's performance yesterday, michael steele because that is not what i think we're going to see down the road road, the new republican party is going to look like. >> i think coming on the heels of the inauguration in the next few weeks, what the american people are looking for is that rodney king moment that little bit of light where we can get along and begin to get things done. i think to joe's point, and to yours, mika yesterday ted cruz was sending out another call taking a different tone and direction than the one the american people are expecting beginning in this atmosphere with the inauguration, the excitement of that. people expect the partisanship to get to the water's edge and stop and begin something fresh. >> by the way, this is not for us -- this is not for the republicans to be nice. >> no exactly. >> this isn't about being nice. this i
favorite inaugust ration moment was michelle obama sitting next to john boehner. shoots him the most disgusted look. it's like that is -- only a woman could pull that off. isn't that great? >> kimberly: eyeball roll. >> greg: did you doctor that? no. a woman is good at that. >> dana: that is why hillary clinton will be a good candidate. >> kimberly: ice it. >> bob: did you say that is the way you look at me? >> dana: sometimes. you have don't see me. >> bob: yes, i do. congratulations to bill and melinda gates who made enormous contributions but now they have a goal to eradicate polio from the earth. only one other disease eradicated was smallpox. we don't have polio in the united states much anymore. it's rampant in africa and asia. congratulate them for using the money the right way. >> dana: they are tireless. >> bob: they are. >> dana: they use their money in the right way when they hired all the people so more people have jobs. >> kimberly: we have new york goes zip we picked up. it's true. it's not gossip. >> bob: are youet
as he is being led to the entrance to the west front. john boehner, the speaker of the house, four years ago in 2009 was merely the house minority leader, now the leader of republicans in the house of representatives. there is the crowd on the national mall, the vice president. in the foreground, members of the supreme court. >> i guess there's no standard hat for the supreme court members. justice scalia has that kind of large beret kind of thing, and then justice breyer right beside him, something like a bellhop's hat, isn't it? i mean, how do you -- >> many descriptions out there. >> style it, kind of come up with a new hat. >> there's the chief justice, john roberts jr. and here are the ruffles and flourishes from the army trumpeteers announcing the president of the united states. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, barack h. obama, escorted by jean hard win bore vits, terrance w. gainer, house sergeant at arms paul irving, chairman of the congressional committee on ceremonies, senator charles schumer, senator lamar alexander, the speaker of the ho
charles schumer. senator lamar alexander. the speaker of the house of representatives, john boehner. senate majority leader, harry reid. and house majority leader, eric cantor. and house minority leader, nancy pelosi. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> justice sotomayer greeting everyone on the podium. there he is with chief justice roberts. and justice kennedy, as well. in a few minutes, we'll be hearing from the chairman of the inaugural committee, senator charles schumer of new york. he will introduced myrlies ev evers-williams. >> of course, he's 51 years old now. let's look at the big screen one more time. >> the honorable charles e. schumer. >> we will have that in a moment. the ceremony has begun. >> mr. president, mr. vice president, members of congress, all who are present, and to all who are watching, welcome to the capitol and to this celebration of our great democracy. now, this -- this is the 57th inauguration of an american president. and no matter how many times one witnesses this event, it's implicity, its innate majesty, and most of all, its meaning, that sacred and cautiou
% approval rating. john boehner has an 18% approval rating. those are pretty good numbers. and i think also there are glimmers of hope for those of us who believe the president has stayed on his side of pennsylvania avenue too much. he said over the past week or two, his daughters are getting older, they don't like hanging around dad as much anymore. >> he's lonely. >> he's lonely. the president used to tell anybody that would listen, i work and then i go upstairs and i'm with my family. you can't trivialize the fact that he is talking about reaching out more, not only to republicans, we hear the same complaint from democratic senators as well, it's a good sign and let's hope things get done. we have to make this city work again. >> tom's point, the perils of a second term, you have thought about this and talked to the president about it. how does he map out these next four years? >> first of all, i want to say i appreciate the priorities that tom laid out. but there's a larger priority of which this is part, which is how do you create an economy, rebuild an economy, in which the american d
think we'd want to look at the language on that. john boehner's tone and his body language and everything i heard him say at the retreat in williamsburg, he and our leadership team was all about how we pull our conference together and work together. i don't think you'll see another bill come to the floor that's got that large a number of democrat votes we've seen in the past. i think it's going to be a republican agenda that he drives, and i think it's about unifying our conference. >> what about gun control? >> that's another situation that's rolling out in front of us. both of these issues, immigration and gun control, one of them, the immigration, was launched the morning after the election, before they actually analyzed the election polls. i think some republicans overreacted. gun control, the same thing. those people that wanted to confiscate guns, the anti-second amendment people took an opportunity as soon as the sandy hook tragedy took place. both of these things will be stretched out over time and come together. that's the only thing that should get to the presiden
exchanges. speaker of the house john boehner presented flags to the first family and appealed for renewed political cooperation. >> we gather in the old hall to better hear one another >> ifill: moments later president obama echoed that appeal for cooperation >> i recognize that democracy is not always easy. and i recognize there are profound differences in this room. but i just want to say thank you for your service and i want to thank your families for their service because regardless of our political persuasions and perspectives i know that all of us serve because we believe that we can make america for future generations. and i'm confident that we can act at this moment in a way that makes a difference. >> ifill: and before they left the building, the group paused to look at the bus bust of dr. martin luther king, jr. that sits under the capital rotunda. then back into the cold for a military review on the steps of the capitol. and the slow drive down pennsylvania avenue to the white house. the one-mile parade route was packed with waving and cheering onlookers, some of them peering d
means the inside game just sitting down with john mccain and john boehner doesn't work so well on these issues. i think he will make aning a aggressive effort to engage the public. he has taken his campaign organization, obama for america, and turned it into an advocacy group called, organizing for action. i think part of the effort is going to be mobilize public support for his agenda. shepard: it's my understanding the vice president will be walking, there is the first lady, michelle obama. ab stod stoddard is with us. reading all the blogs, what will she be wearing. narrate if if you will. >> she is in combination a tom brown dress. she has a different bells on. j. crew and j. crew shoes. this will go to the national arc kifs immediately after she wears it. she looks absolutely smashing. understated but truly elegant. shepard: she has entered the crypt and come down the stairs. she will be announced as we she walks out. first lady will be followed by the president. let's listen as they make the now traditional walk. this is five inaugurations for me and walking down these st
on inaugural ceremonies, chuck schumer, the speaker of the house of representatives, john boehner, house majority leader, eric cantor and house minority leader, nancy pelosi. [ applause ] >> president obama having arrived at the platform, greeting both of his daughters and his wife and mother-in-law. you see behind him, there is vice president biden, chuck schumer, chair of the inaugural committee is the first person we'll hear from and call proceedings to order. and then it unfolds like the greatest graduation ceremony ever. >> rachel, there's a moment when the new president takes over, like when reagan took over from carter, when the chief of secret service walks behind one guy to the other guy, it is pretty creepy. it is pretty creepy when you're the guy losing protection, but nicely enough, it will be the same guy there. >> jerry ford was the first president who upon leaving office from the inauguration of the new president, jimmy carter, decided to leave by helicopter, seen as a rather odd way to leave on the way, but every president has followed that tradition. it is a dramatic way
and the emergence once again of john boehner and eric cantor and their ability to block anything that he tries to get through congress. >> john boehner, who is just making his way right now to his seat at the inauguration ceremony. >> t know what percentage of vote he got to re-elect him? 100%. you know why? unlike newt gingrich who topple democratic speaker jim wright and tom foley, the democrats did not even field a candidate. in ohio, against john boehner, speaker of the house, his principal nemesis. then we wonder why he is so aggressive? see, this is where the problem is. what we need to focus on is, how we organize demands on president obama and the members of congress back home? there are only 536 of them. 650,000, men, women, and children in each congressional district. it is a fraction of those numbers, 1000, 2000, getting behind the kind of long overdue solutions in this country can begin to make it happen. you know what my motto is these days? we have got to realize it is a lot easier than we think. if we exaggerate the opposition as a reflection of our own self- imposed powerlessne
this place, you look great. >> the president shaking hands with house speaker john boehner, there you see, and the majority leader cantor and nancy pelosi as well as the senate majority harry reid welcoming him to the capitol. there you see the west front of the u.s. capitol and the familiar part of the inaugural ceremony where the president will be sworn n. there you see former president clinton and the current secretary of state hillary clinton. >> we are only expecting two former presidents to be here today, bill clinton and jimmy carter. president carter already came out but george h.w. bush still recovering from a recent illness and george w. bush and laura bush sending their regrets and wishing the first family all the best on this special day, and their family. >> all of the dignitaries come down, they are seated, then the families will be announced and seated. the biden family announced and seated, just after 11:00 in ten minutes. then the obama family will be announced and seated. and then you'll have the ceremonial announcement of the first laid doe and dr. biden as well. megyn:
. harry reid, john boehner, all of the leaders. take a look at the flags being waved on the national mall in front of the u.s. capitol. i'm looking out at this picture. it is a huge, huge crowd. anderson cooper on is on the other side. not far away from the washington monument. from your vantage point what does it look like? >> it is an amaze sight here, wolf. you can see flags as far as the eye can see. former president clinton. hillary clinton. haven't seen much of her since she got out of the hospital. nice to see that she's here today with the former president. they make their way towards the podium where they will sit behind president obama and vice president biden as they are sworn in. we are going hear them announce when they walk in. >> like a school teacher. ♪ ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, the 39th president of the united states, jimmy carter and mrs. rosalynn carter. >> president carter and rosalynn carter stepping down. taking their seats. followed by all the former presidents who will be here. >> john king, something special about this. just the tradition of it all. it is all
, john boehner and the republicans do. neil. neil: not at all. carl cameron, thank you very much. it is probably a very good thing that the markets are closed today. this is republicans pushing back the debt ceiling for another few months. it would essentially be pushing it into may 2 sort of give more wiggle room to both sides to come up with either the spending cuts and/or tax increases. again, this constant kicking the can down the road does not necessarily get the rating agencies off your high needs. as this president, a couple of hours from now, start reviewing a parade in front of them, people will likely be seeing a parade of wall streeter's in very few hours wondering when the specifics will be coming. you are looking at bill clinton and his wife hillary. they will, of course, be part of this luncheon as well. jimmy carter is there. the two bush presidents are not, senior and junior, did not make this event today. that is not an on nominally, it is not all custom for them to come. then, again, a late 2 million americans crowded this mall four years ago. far less than half
will be lying low getting out of town entirely. high-ranking republicans such as house speaker john boehner and majority leader erick kanter, who have ceremonial roles, will attend. as well representative paul ryan, who probably envisioned the inauguration much differently months ago when he was part of the republican presidential ticket. it is my obligation, ryan said at a republican retreat. a republican of tennessee, a member of the joined congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies said that it is about the peaceful transition or reaffirmation of power. this is the 57th time the the president of the u.s. has been sworn in, and it has always been done without a mall, without insurrection, without a coup. that is why, whether you voted for mitt romney or barack obama, americans will stop and watch the inauguration and celebrate tradition. even so, republicans will stay awake and will lead democrats revel in their absence. but if you are an elected leader, you have to be there, said a republican strategist. otherwise you would probably want to get out of town, three- day weekend and al
no lo es. >>> el líder de la mayoría del senador, john boehner. >>> harry reid, el presidente del senado, que a pesar de ser demócrata, es un fiel defensor del uso de armas y de la segunda enmienda de estados unidos. >>> esto será un tema primordial en los próximos días, y también en qué forma el país, puede unirse en el discurso, para llegar a una solución que sea aceptada por todos, tanto por demócratas como por republicanos. >>> ¿qué hace ahora el presidente, arturo? ¿qué le toca? después de dar el discurso, tú que estuviste en el gobierno, ¿qué sigue? >>> las 3 o 4 prioridades tanto a nivel nacional como internacional, tiene que encararlas de inmediato. >>> no tiene tiempo para tratar de discutir las cosas, en ese sentido, el tema de control de armas, y el control migratorio es de los temas más gruesos de estados unidos, obviamente los problemas económicos que se vienen encima, también ver cómo se cierran los déficits fiscales para el futuro pero también es difícil del punto de vista cultural para estados unidos, pero también en los temas migratorios, el prob
solve this problem together and the we has to be inclusive and has to include john boehner and the house and the senate. we've got to get government to work well together and the president's the leader and he's got to provide the leadership to make it happen of the he didn't do that very well in his first term. >> steve: sure. it would be great to see four years of that. mr. card, i know you have been involved in five inaugurations. you've served for three different presidents starting with ronald reagan and then 41 and then 43 as well. today, while we watch what's going on on the west face of the capitol, at the white house, whole bunch of people are reenergized because a lot of people get new offices, new assignments. plain how that works -- explain how that works behind the scene. >> it's sort of like new year's day. you're all excited and you make all kinds of promises that you're going to lose weight and exercise and it's very exciting. people get to move into offices. they shuffle around, get new phone numbers, new business cards. take an oath of office to help the president do his
john boehner, harry reid, house majority leader eric cantor and house democratic leader nancy pelosi. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> everyone is listening to the marine band, the president's own. we have been blessed, we should point out, with today's weather. we're losing the sun a little bit. there's a light cloud cover that just now chose to move in over capitol hill and continuation of that may bring us some snow showers. but it's a bright day and it's so much warmer than last year. last year, we woke up, it was 19 degrees. and by the time the president was taking the oath, i believe it goes to a balmy 28, winds at 13 gusting to 23 if memory serves. and today it's just much more comfortable. and you think to think for all the folks on foot moving around this city, some of whom have traveled great distances to be here. it's just much more comfortable. and someone pointed out a few flurries in the air would make a beautiful television picture later today, mike i can't tellal beschloss. >> maybe we can arrange that. as long as we're talking about weather, ronald reagan had the distinction of t
] ♪ ♪ [chanting "obama"] >> ladies and gentlemen, dr. jill biden accompanied by mrs. john boehner, deputy clerk of the house of representatives, robert reeves. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the first lady of the united states, mrs. michelle obama accompanied by the clerk of house of representatives -- [inaudible] [applause] ♪ ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, the vice president of the united states, joseph r. biden, accompanied by inaugural coordinator for the joint congressional committee on inaugural procedures, the sergeant at arms, the house that the sergeant at arms, said a majority leader harry reid, and house democratic leader, nancy pelosi. [applause] ♪ ♪ ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, barack obama accompanied by the joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies, sergeant at arms terence at jenner, the house sergeant at arms, pulte irving, senator charles schumer, senator lamar alexander, the speaker of the house of representatives, john boehner, senate majority leader harry reid, and it said it -- and house democratic leader nancy pelosi
john shimkus to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: lord of the universe, we give you thanks for giving us another day. you are the father of us all, divine providence has led this nation in the past and guides all human affairs to this very day. as a nation, we are in need of wisdom to make right decisions, perseverance to build upon the hopes of your people and patience because at times bear an urgency. so today the american people join congress as we call upon your holy name. we pray for vice president joseph biden and for your servant, barack obama, our re-elected 44th president of these united states. may your holy spirit descend upon him that he may see things as you see things. may he be strengthened in his work and grow in understanding as he proves ever attentive to the people. may we respond to the nation's deepest needs and lift up all of us to higher standards of equal justice, true goodness and peaceful
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